1742] To Horace Mann 213
chapels. Good night! I never forget my best loves to the Chutes.
P.S. I this moment hear that Edgcumbe7 and Lord Fitzwilliam are created English peers: I am sure the first is, and I believe the second8.
73. To HORACE MANN.
London, April 22, 1742.
You perceive, by the size of my paper, how little I have to say. The whole town is out of town for Easter and nothing left but dust, old women, and the Secret Committee. They go on warmly, and have turned their whole thoughts to the secret-service money, after which they are inquiring by all methods. Sir John Eawdon1 (you remember that genius in Italy) voluntarily swore before them that, at the late election at Wallingford, he spent two thousand pounds, and that one Morley promised him fifteen hundred more, if he would lay it out. ' Whence was Morley to have it ?'— 'I don't Mow; I believe from the First Minister.' This makes an evidence. It is thought that they will ask leave to examine members, which was the reason of Edgcumbe's going into the peerage, as they supposed he had been the principal agent for the Cornish boroughs. Sir John Cotton said upon the occasion, ' Between Newgate2 and the House of Lords, the Committee will not get any information.'
7 Richard Edgoumbe, Chancellor 8 Lord Fitsrwilliam -was created a
of the Duchy of Lancaster, a great Peer of Great Britain, April 19,
friend of Sir R. Walpole, was created 1742.
a Baron to prevent his being ex- LETTER 73.—*• He was afterwards
amined by the Secret Committee made an Irish 2jord. Walpole.—
concerning the management of the Fourth Baronet (1720-1793;, cr.
Cornish boroughs. Walpole. — (April 9, 1760) Baron Bawdon of
Richard Edgcumbe (1680-1758), of Moira, co. Down ; Earl of Jfoira (in
Mount Edgcumbe, cr. Baron Edg- Ireland), 1762.
cumbe, April '20,1742; served in the 2 Alluding to Paxton, who was
army; Major-G-eneral, 1755; Chief sent thither for refusing to give
Justice in Eyre, North of Trent, 1758. evidence. Walpole.